# Positron in a magnetic field

• elitepro
In summary, the conversation discusses a positron moving in a circular path due to a uniform magnetic field and the relationship between kinetic energy and the strength of the magnetic field. The resulting graph of kinetic energy as a function of B is quadratic, with KE being proportional to B^2.

## Homework Statement

A positron moves in a circular path of radius R due to a uniform magnetic field of strength B applied perpendicular to the plane of the circle. If B is varied, which of the following best represents a graph of the kinetic energy of the positron as a function of B so that the positron maintains the same radius R.

qvB=mv^2/R

## The Attempt at a Solution

KE = 1/2MV^2

Rearranging first equation, RqvB =mv^2, then multiply each side by 2

2RqvB = KE

Here i thought that KE is proportional to B, but v remains a variable that depends on KE. How do create a relationship between B and KE?

Try using qvB=mv2/R to get an expression for v.

elitepro
Wow. I don't know how I messed that up. Graph is quadratic. Thanks for your help!

Good work.

2RqvB = KE

You could also note that v is proportional to KE^(1/2), and then since you don't need to worry about constants such as 1/2m you can just say that 2q KE^1/2 B is proportional to KE, and by dividing KE ^1/2 on both sides you get 2qB is proportional to KE^1/2.
so KE is proportional to B^2 and you get the answer that it is a quadratic formula centered at 0.